Occupation: Talk-show host, spokeswoman
With Oprah Winfrey's syndicated talk show a thing of the past, the lighthearted, light-footed DeGeneres is now the undisputed queen of daytime. Her lively segments showcase top stars and even create stars of their own. Proof of her charm (and clout)? After a conservative group called for J.C. Penney to drop the openly gay comedian as a spokeswoman, her fans lashed out and the group halted its campaign.